Lucern-based alt-pop outfit Alois just released the first single from their upcoming sophomore full length called Azul (blue in Spanish). The tune is Ocean Ground and it’s a groovy ditty about drowning, or coming damn near close to it. It’s blue, impressionistic and dreamy. The vocals seem to be floating over the type of instrumental where the whole band is playing like a rhythm section. Tight! This fusion of a dark indie aesthetic with an organic type electronica brings to mind what MoWax and Ninja Tune were reaching for in the 90s – but the contemporary version of that.
Ocean Ground comes with a slick video directed by Nicolas Buttiker. It would be a stretch to call this a performance video, but the band is in it and they are – kind of – performing. Let’s just say that the visuals tap into the surreal. Magritte, anybody?
Photo by Tim Wettstein